Nottinghamshire Golf Athlete Development Programme

What is the Notts Golf Athlete Development Programme?

The Nottinghamshire Golf Athlete Development Programme is a coaching initiative aimed at identifying and encouraging talented and enthusiastic junior golfers from all backgrounds who are not currently receiving county coaching. The programme is aimed at providing opportunities for aspiring junior golfers aged 9-18 ‘to be the best they can be’ and to increase their success, enjoyment and participation in the game. The Development Programme is the first step on the junior golf pathway within Nottinghamshire which is in place to ensure every junior has the opportunity to succeed.



The Programme provides players with high quality coaching and individualised training programmes according to their own ability. The programme takes place over the Autumn/Winter & Spring months and involves 2x6 hour coaching blocks. The Programme is made up of 7 centres which are located throughout the county and there are 7 Coaches who deliver the structured group coaching (You can read a bit more about each coach under the ‘Development Programme Coaches’ tab). In addition to the 2 blocks of coaching the Programme also runs a Training Day where the squad members engage in a variety of workshops which cover the rules of golf, strength and conditioning, multi skills sessions related to movements in the golf swing, finishing off with a 9 hole competition.

 On-going support and advice is offered throughout the year with the Development Programme Squad members being continually encouraged to play as much as possible over the Summer months in both club and County events. Squad members are encouraged to play in the Nottinghamshire Golf events throughout the season with 3 seperate tours to cater for the varying ages and abilities of all our players. These tours are a great way for the juniors to experience a variety of courses and they help to develop their course management skills. This also encompasses an order of merit for those who compete in a minimum of 2 events. The season closes with the Pro-Am which is an unique opportunity for the Squad members to play alongside their coaches and learn from them out on the course. It’s a fantastic event and a great way to round off the season before the next set of coaching begins. 

A significant investment is also made in the training and up-skilling of both professional and volunteer coaches within the county to support the programme. A training plan including various CDP workshops and presentations is offered to all PGA staff working in Nottinghamshire, ensuring the quality of coaching across the whole county is enhanced.

The overall outcome of the Nottinghamshire Golf Athlete Development Programme is a coordinated system that provides a comprehensive pathway in a supportive and appropriate environment for young players to achieve their potential.

Current Academy Centres and the Coaches

The 7 Development Programme Centres are:   

  • Rufford Park Golf & Country Club - John Vaughan
  • Norwood Park Golf Centre - Richard Strange
  • Leen Valley Golf Club - Phil Edwards
  • Trent Lock Golf Centre - Danny Bursztyn
  • Serlby Park Golf Club - Marcus Bell
  • Kilton Forest Golf Club - Tony Tomlinson
  • The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club - Danny Parkes

How to join the Programme…

If you are interested in joining the Development Programme please contact Alice Lowe:

All programme members need to fit into the following criteria:

  • Aged between 9-18 years as of the 1st January
  • Have some golf experience but not necessarily a golf club member
  • Not already receiving County Coaching

We are not running Open Days in 2015 therefore please get in touch soon so we can provide you with more information. We will then invite you to a taster session with one of out Pros where you will be able to find out more about the programme.

Please ensure you complete an application form and consent form which can be downloaded from the top right of this page.

Who to contact…

Alice Lowe Email:  Phone: 07736 880916

Matthew Bloor
County Development Officer
Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership
07766 757372

Alice Lowe
Golf Development Officer
Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership
07736 880916

07766 757372 E-mail: Website:

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